Upper Valley Dispatch

Video: The Work of Floyd Scholz, World-Renowned Bird Carver

Floyd Scholz is considered to be one of the world’s leading bird carvers, an artist whose commissioned sculptures can fetch between $50,000 and $200,000. But he wasn’t always dedicated to the idea of becoming a sculptor of birds. In 1979 at the age of 21, while studying at Central Connecticut State University, he was the NCAA decathlon champion. He had a good shot at landing a spot as a decathlete on the American team going to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which also included Bruce Jenner,

All The News Unfit to Print: Dartmouth Students Have Choice Words During Rick Perry Q&A

Some of you may have heard that Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas who is said to be considering a presidential run and opposes repealing his state’s anti-sodomy law, fielded some student questions at Dartmouth College on Sunday that were rather, um, risqué. With the help of a troupe of Valley News editors attempting to thoughtfully apply the newspaper’s standards regarding coarse language and distasteful content, we’ve determined that the following excerpts, taken from a list of questions a college senior handed out prior

Thetford: More Voices in the Debate Over the Fish & Game Club’s Gun Range Lease

Last week, I wrote about the town of Thetford considering the renewal of a lease with the nonprofit Upper Valley Fish & Game Club, which uses a 176-acre plot of town land for a 200-yard shooting range. The story, published Sunday, is at this link. Some residents are concerned that noise at the range has increased dramatically over the years, and they wonder if a 20-year lease for $5 is appropriate in a time of rising taxes, among other questions. Club officials say they are

As Dartmouth Football Senior Day Approaches, a Closer Look at a Vital Quartet

On Saturday, the Dartmouth College football team will host Brown in its home finale and the final game on Memorial Field for its 27 seniors. The campaign concludes at Princeton next week, in a game that could have Ivy League title implications for the Big Green — which announced today the launch of its new website, www.dartmouthcollegefootball.com — if it can first get past the Bears. In advance of Senior Day, here’s a look at a senior quartet that doesn’t include the standout likes of

Series Homepage: Other Side of the Valley

In 2000 and 2001 Jim Kenyon spent 10 months reporting and writing the stories of four working families living on the edge of economic uncertainty. Kenyon, who is now a columnist but was then a staff writer, kept in touch with some of the families over the intervening years, and this summer went back to the other side of the valley to see how they had fared. His report, published in three parts in the Sunday Valley News starting Nov. 9, will be linked below

Coming Sunday: Revisiting the Families of a 14-Year-Old 'Valley News' Series; Read the Original Stories Here

In 2000 and 2001 Jim Kenyon spent 10 months reporting and writing the stories of four working families living on the edge of economic uncertainty. The Other Side of the Valley put names and faces to the challenges such families faced in an increasingly prosperous Upper Valley, where their struggles often were invisible to the community. In particular, the series demonstrated how the lack of affordable housing in the area presented a significant obstacle to their getting ahead, despite the fact that the mothers and

Election 2014: Complete Coverage for the Upper Valley and Beyond

Coverage of Tuesday’s elections is linked at the bottom of this page. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV and Facebook.

Hartford Voters Reject Track and Field Bond

Hartford — Voters in Hartford today handily turned back a proposed $3.5 million bond issue to build a track and artificial turf field at Hartford High School. The measure lost on a 1,742-1,203 vote, with 59 percent of voters opposed, according to unofficial results. Supporters said the track and turf field would stimulate the town’s economy, draw new students and improve the health and fitness of the community. Opponents said it was too costly and also raised questions about maintenance costs. ∎ Posted online Tuesday

Claremont Charter Change Defeated

Claremont — Voters in Claremont today overwhelmingly turned back a proposed change to the city charter that would have replaced the position of a hired city manager with an elected mayor. The measure was defeated by a vote of 2,726-1,023, according to unofficial results. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other Democrats on the ballot were also running strongly in the city. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 7:55 p.m. Find a full report and complete election coverage in Wednesday’s Valley News and follow the Valley News

Tuesday Night Election Blog

Check back at this page on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog throughout the evening as we post Election Day results and color from the polls, including votes on the Hartford track and field bond and Claremont charter. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV and Facebook.  □ Where to vote in the Upper Valley: http://bit.ly/1DP3eYb Valley News previews of November 2014 elections: http://bit.ly/1oaCKhR □ 5:05 p.m. — Age didn't stop several members of the under-18 crowd from getting involved on Election Day today.   Two Lebanon